Summerterm 2020 Online Courses:
Summer Session II: July 6, 2020 - August 5, 2020
CHEM 108ONL: Culinary Reactions
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Schmeisser
Culinary Reactions is a natural science with lab course designed for non-science majors who wish to learn the scientific method by studying chemistry at the introductory level as it applies to the science of cooking. The hands-on pedagogy of this course allows students to explore everyday chemistry and related sciences behind cooking and dietary consumption with all their senses: visual, touch, smell, and taste. Students learn a wide range of chemical concepts from atoms and elements, chemical bonding and molecules, to chemical reactions taking place under various cooking conditions, all in the context of how chemicals function as life sustaining nutrients, flavors, and pure indulgence. With the acquired knowledge about physical and chemical properties of food ingredients, students will experiment with recipes to achieve tastier, more flavorful, and more visually appealing food and drinks. NO PASS/FAIL OPTION.
REQUIREMENTS: The labs for this course will be conducted in the student's home so access to a cooking area with cooking equipment is required (measuring cups/spoons, kitchen scale, oven, fridge, and cook top). This course requires students to have access to a computer running Windows or iOS connected to broadband internet. Chrome books, iPads, iPhones, and other cell phones/tablets do not have the necessary functionality to participate in the online labs.
CLAS 103ONL: Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Social Justice
Instructor: Dr. Martha Chew Sanchez
This course is an attempt to help us to understand the contemporary web of social, political, economic, and direct actions that are affecting racial justice in the context of the United States. The readings, activities and final project are drawn from a broad, interdisciplinary approaches that attempt to contextualize the long history of racial justice, non-violent, and anti-racist political movements within historical, political and economic frameworks. In this course, we will also attempt to develop critical questioning, writing, and engagement skills of the course participants.
CLAS 255ONL: Latino Popular Culture
Instructor: Dr. Martha Chew Sanchez
This course critically engages with popular culture in order to understand how an arena often dismissed as “mere entertainment” can act as an indicator of cultural values and a producer of cultural meaning. It explores popular culture as important economic, political, and social texts and works to understand how the production and consumption of popular culture shapes our lived experiences. We hope to explore what popular culture says about society and, conversely, what society says about popular culture. We will learn some multi-perspectival approaches understand Latino popular culture. The main dimensions that we will consider in almost all the artifacts that are going to be studied are: production, political economy, and industry practices; representation and textual analysis; and reception and audience studies/uses of popular culture. We hope that you engage with popular culture texts, as well as their relation to complex social, political and economic issues, in order to understand how power and ideology are interwoven into this ubiquitous cultural form. This course will provide you some skills to “unpack” popular culture in order to understand how seemingly natural views of the world are produced by, and in relation to, popular culture. We will examine the way popular culture communicates and establishes ideas. Through this course we hope to be more perceptive of the voices that are amplified by popular culture and those that are silenced. This course will draw from critical social theories to understand how cultural expressions are sites of contestations, negotiations and struggle over cultural meanings and social violence against Latino groups.
ENG 190ONL: Journalism about Food and the Environment
Instructor: Mr. Paul Graham
This course introduces students to interesting, moving stories about the impact of American food production on waterways, soil, air quality, animals, and the people who live near industrial farms. Students learn how literary journalism works as a form to involve readers emotionally in stories, provide them with crucial scientific information, and advocate change. Journalism about ethical, sustainable food production is also included.
ENG 307ONL: GS: The Short Story
Instructor: Mr. Paul Graham
This course explores the modern short story with an emphasis on the American tradition from World War I to the present. Representative authors include Hemingway, Baldwin, Carver, Munro, Cisneros, and Alexie.
GEOL 117: Dynamic Ocean On-Line
Instructor: Dr. Antun Husinec
This online course is an introduction to geological and physical oceanography which provides students with an understanding of the marine environment and natural and human impacts on it. Topics include ocean in Earth system, plate tectonics, marine sediments. atmosphere and ocean, currents, waves and tides. coastal ocean and shoreline processes. It also includes study of oceans and climate change, ocean's role in global warming, and ocean acidification. There are no prerequisites for this course.
GOVT 3046: Global Issues Today (Dual-Listed as EUR 3013)
Instructor: Dr. Mert Kartal
Check out this informational video by Dr. Kartal: https://stlawu.screencasthost.com/watch/cYf3eFAQTm
As citizens of an increasingly connected world, we experience several global issues today. This 4-week, 100% online course will allocate about 10 days to cover each of the following three sets of global issues today: (i) the Global War on Terror, the Arab Spring, and the Syrian Refugee Crisis; (ii) the rise of the nationalism/populism in the US and in Europe, Brexit, and the COVID-19 outbreak; (iii) climate change and the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement. During the four weeks, we will have video lectures examining the impact these issues have on our community. Each week, we will form small groups to discuss how the issue at hand is (and should be) addressed by policymakers. In other words, the emphasis will be on not only a consideration of the facts and processes/interconnections but also the outcomes involved. We will complete our discussion of each issue with an “end-of-module” quiz and, subsequently, conclude the course with a final exam.
HIST 160ONL: Introduction to Middle East Studies
Instructor: Dr. Howard Eissenstat
This course aims to offer students a general introduction to the field of Middle East Studies. In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore the history, culture, and literature of the Middle East. In the first weeks of the semester, students will acquire a general overview of the region and a basic understanding of the beginnings of Islam. The remainder of the semester will engage with some of the key scholarly questions within the field, with an emphasis on exploring the diversity of the region and its history. Assigned materials for the course will include scholarly material from a wide variety of disciplines, literary works, and films.
ND 3031: Mysteries Solved: Grammar, Punctuation and Sharply Crafted Writing
Instructor: Dr. Richard Jenseth
In this course is focused on helping you gain greater control over some key elements of successful writing: grammar and punctuation. It's when you feel confident about what to use where and when that your writing begins to gain both confidence and clarity. Yes, I'm talking about the mysteries of the comma, the obscure secrets of the semi-colon, the logic of sentence structure, all of which leads to information-rich prose that flows. And, trust me, it's not as painful as it sounds: no memorizing ‘rules’ or definitions. Instead, we will unpack it all with a series of hands-on exercises and my quick and detailed responses to short bits of writing.
ND 3032: Live Green Live Sustainably
Instructors: Dr. Sara Ashpole & Mr. Samuel Joseph
The pursuit of sustainability has generated lifestyle changes for individuals across the globe. What does it means to live sustainably in our society? Is it recycling, reducing our waste, choosing a metal straw, buying local organic food, eating less meat, or opting for a homemade deodorant? What really makes a difference locally and globally? This course aims at helping you achieve a more sustainable existence by discovering what can really make a difference and how to get the most out of life by living more intentionally and considering your impact. However, sustainability goes beyond controlling our consumption and lifestyle. There are key social, political, and economic areas that need to be addressed as well, and there are several steps that individuals can take to help in these areas. Live Green Live Sustainably is an online and residential hybrid course that explores the basics of sustainability, drawing on non-fiction literature, scientific papers, and practical steps that can make a difference. Assignments include developing one’s own evidence-based guide to living green, a research project exploring one idea in depth, current issue presentation, and a 4-night living-learning residential experience at the Sustainability farm (scheduled between June 1st and August 15th, 2020).
PCA 111ONL: Rhetoric and Public Speaking
Instructor: Ms. Sarah Beck
An introduction to the art of public speaking, focusing primarily on the construction and critique of persuasive discourse. Students study the classical rhetorical tradition as a continuing influence on the contemporary theory and practice of persuasion.
PCA 127ONL: Introduction to Communication Studies
Instructor: Dr. Erik Johnson
This course explores the forms,functions,techniques, technologies and institutions of human communication with the goal of enhancing understanding of the complex dynamics of social interaction.Topics include communication and meaning; language, thought and communication; non-verbal communication; gender and communication; intercultural communication; and the mass media.
PCA 250ONL: Research Methods
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Thomas
What role did gender play in the candidate debates of the 2016 U.S. presidential election?
- How do the historical references in Beyoncé’s Lemonade visual album challenge depictions of black women in music videos?
- What do your family’s Thanksgiving holiday rituals reveal about group formation and identity in your household?
If you’re interested in asking questions such as these, you’re in the right place. This course introduces students to five qualitative research methods used in the fields of communication and theater studies: historical research, textual analysis, visual analysis (visual rhetoric and scenography), qualitative interviews, and ethnography. Readings will alternate between overviews of the methodological toolkit for each approach and exemplary case studies demonstrating methods “in action.” For each method we cover, one class session will be an Application Day that is devoted to in-class experimentation with a methodological approach. After writing five brief proposals using the methods, students will select one proposed project to develop into a final paper.
PSYC 317ONL: Abnormal Psychology
Instructor: Dr. Pamela Thacher
In this course we will address the four most common areas of psychopathology: stress, anxiety disorders, mood disorders including bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. We will adopt a lens of the biopsychosocial model to address how stress devolves into anxiety, how anxiety can lead into depression, and how eating disorders, sleep, and psychotic disorders fit into the pantheon of human mental illness. A particular focus will be on how the feeling of safety can help support mental health and serve as the foundation of treatment approaches to all disorders, but most particularly post-traumatic and autism spectrum disorders.